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Today's News

  • Woody: EMS overtime stems from scheduling

    Commissioners had questions at the Feb. 14 meeting about the amount of money that’s being spent on overtime in the Roane County ambulance department.      

    “We have some overtime issues, but bear in mind part of our overtime is scheduled overtime for our employees when we hire them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody explained.

    From July 1 to Feb. 10, $316,171.66 was spent on overtime pay.

  • Beta Club gets Volunteer boost

    Midway Middle School Principal Nadine Jackson accepts a $2,000 grant check on behalf of the school’s Beta Club from Alton Lingerfelt, a board member for VECustomers Share.

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share also recently awarded $1,000 to the Midway Music Club.

    VECustomers Share is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization covering Volunteer Energy’s 17-county service area.

  • Adams steps down after 13 years of leading Kingston wrestling

    After 13 years as the only coach the Kingston High School wrestling team has ever known, Chris Adams is stepping down.

  • Dayton to host high school fishing state championship

    The Bass Federation (TBF), in partnership with FLW Outdoors, announced the inaugural Student Angler Federation Tennessee High School Fishing State Championship presented by the University of Tennessee/Chattanooga, April 9 on Lake Chickamauga just outside of Dayton, Tenn. The state championship is a two person team event for students in grades 9 -12. 

  • Manning signs with Tennessee Wesleyan

    Good left-handed pitchers are hard to find, but Tennessee Wesleyan College landed one last week as Midway senior Josh Manning signed scholarship papers with the Bulldogs.

  • More serious implications of proposal ignored

    By FRANK GIBSON
    I remember my initiation into a college leadership society. Blindfolded and taken into the woods somewhere in Blount County, we were paraded one-by-one in front of student leaders, who would recite some moral maxim, poke us on the chest and ask: “Get the point?”

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week, we wrote about the Tennessee General Assembly’s assault upon the Tennessee Education Association, the teachers’ union.
    This is just one small piece in the giant mosaic of right-wing attacks upon the poor, the underprivileged and the working class.

  • Źumba: Exercise craze is a big hit locally

    One of the hottest exercise crazes has found Kingston.
    A large group  of women of all fitness levels and ages crowd onto the dance floor for Zumba at South Eastern Clogging Co.
    It’s one of the fitness facility’s most popular offerings.
    “We started in October. Since October we’ve averaged around 170 (participants) a week in just Zumba. Sometimes we’ve had weeks where we have over 200 come through,” said instructor Paulette Ray.

  • Harriman board weighs conditions for blight in downtown properties

    Figuring out what should qualify as blight in a community is a key part of the cleanup effort in a redevelopment district, but it can be tricky business.
    Making that determination comes before letters can be sent to property owners citing them for unkempt conditions and giving them a deadline to clean it up.
    Harriman’s Redevelopment Advisory Board spent an entire meeting recently deciding just what conditions qualified as blight.

  • Taking a walk